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Bio: Before starring as Monica in "Touched by an Angel" (1994), Roma Downey was best known to television audiences for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy in the mini-series "A Woman Named Jackie" (1991 mini-series). She was born May 6, 1960, raised in Derry City, Northern Ireland, and earned a bachelor's degree at Brighton Art College in England, UK. She then attended the London Drama Studio, where she starred in productions of many classics, including the plays of Shakespeare, Shaw and Chekhov. Downey toured the United States with Dublin's famous Abbey Players in a production of "The Playboy of the Western World" and was nominated for the Helen Hayes Best Actress Award in 1991. Her additional stage credits include the Broadway production of "The Circle" opposite Rex Harrison, and off Broadway productions of "Love's Labor's Lost", "Tamara", and "Arms and the Man". Downey's additional television credits include starring roles in the films "A Child is Missing" (1995) (TV) and "Borrowed Hearts" (1997 (TV), both on CBS, and "Getting Up and Going Home" (1992 (TV). Among her feature film credits are "The Last World" (1995) and "Devlin" (1992) (TV).

Trivia: Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. (1997)
History: Her name, Roma, originates from both her grandmothers’ names, Rose and Mary.
Favorite Film: “Brief Encounter” (1945).
Funny: Cannot type and admits that she pecks at the keys when typing emails and using her computer.
Family: Her daughter, Reilly Anspaugh, was an extra and also had a few non-speaking roles on several later episodes of “Touched by an Angel” (1994) and in a few of Roma’s television movies. Della Reese is the godmother of her daughter Reilly.
Love: Her Husband is "Survivor" (2000) creator, Mark Burnett. He proposed to Roma during a trip to Mexico (December 2, 2006). She married Mark Burnett on April 28, 2007 at their home in Malibu. The ceremony was officiated by Della Reese.
Angel: She was one of the two women originally considered for the role of “Xena: Warrior Princess” (1995) along with Vanessa Angel. She was offered the role that made Lucy Lawless famous but turned it down as she was offered the role of Monica on “Touched by an Angel” (1994) at the same time. She chose an angel over a warrior.
Dance: Studied Irish dancing as a child. The Irish lass was once turned down for a TV commercial for Irish Spring soap because she didn’t sound Irish enough.


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